Rainforest V

  • Rainforest V
    Composers Inside Electronics, Berlin 1980.

Events accompanying the opening of the “Rainforest V” exhibition include a public meeting with John Driscoll and Phil Edelstein from Composers Inside Electronics and a concert of David Tudor’s and Phil Edelstein’s compositions.

John Driscoll and Phil Edelstein, the custodians of Tudor’s legacy, will speak about their experiences of working with the American composer from the early 1970s through the late 1990s, as well as their future plans for Tudor’s oeuvre. At 20:30 the Museum’s auditorium will host a special concert prepared by Composers Inside Electronics.


is a composer/sound artist who is a founding member of Composers Inside Electronics and collaborated on David Tudor’s Rainforest IV project since its inception in 1973. He has toured extensively in the US and Europe with: CIE, Douglas Dunn & Dancers, David Tudor, and also as a solo performer. His work involves robotic instruments, compositions and sound installations for unique architectural spaces, rotating loudspeakers, and music for dance. He has created music for: Merce Cunningham Dance Co., Douglas Dunn & Dancers, and Maida Withers Dance Construction Co. He has received numerous awards including a Berlin Residency from the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogram. His recent album “Fishing for Sound (Berlin)” is available on iTunes and his work is also available on “The Kitchen Archives No. 4 - Composers Inside Electronics". In 2014, he was artist-in-residence at Harvestworks Inc. developing a work for robotic-driven highly focused speakers, and has recently completed new works for an array of ultrasonic instruments. He is working on the revival of David Tudor’s Pavilion works in conjunction with CIE, E.A.T. and the David Tudor Project. He was recently the David Tudor Composer-In-Residence at Mills College and is currently performing Tudor’s original Rainforest work as part of a reconstruction of Merce Cunningham’s dance RainForest by the Stephen Petronio Company. He is collaborating with Phil Edelstein and Matt Rogalsky on Rainforest V (a self-running installation version) with two variations of the work. Rainforest V (variation 2) has been acquired by Museum der Moderne Salzburg for their collection.


studies at the State University of NY in Albany included computer science, theatre, math, physics and electronic music with composer Joel Chadabe. Edelstein was one of the original members of Electronic Body Arts. While at the Electronic Music Studio at SUNY Albany, he developed real-time software-based digital and analog systems. A key opportunity was a semester spent as a teaching assistant in computer-based art with Alvin Lucier at Wesleyan University. His work on video synthesis, processing and Pantomation motion capture technology with filmmaker and videographer Tom DeWitt yielded works such as “Philharmonia”, “PWB” and “Multiple Identity Marathon”. This work was supported by the WNYC-TV Lab, the New York State Council of the Arts, the Research Foundation of the State University of New York and others. An extensive series of work emanated from his participation in the seminal New Music workshop in Chocorua, New Hampshire, with David Tudor in 1973. As a core founder of Composers Inside Electronics, he has continued to carry Tudor’s legacy into it’s 4th decade with performances at Judson Church, Lincoln Center,Governors Island, NY, Mexico City and many other venues. His work is included on the CD “The Kitchen Archives No. 4 – Composers Inside Electronics”, New World Records “Art of David Tudor”, and vinyl on “Rainforest IV” from Edition Block. He has held various positions in software and systems development for corporations such as DEC, Xerox and GE. “Impulsions” is his latest work with CIE.


is a sociologist, producer, curator and writer. Since the beginning of his experiences in music he has organized concerts, festivals and music programs for exhibitons. He also produces CD’s and writes librettos for experimental operas. His main interest is in procedures of listening and music as social action.
He runs a sublabel of conceptual pop called Populista dedicated to mis- and over-interpretation of music. He organizes irregular concert series and collaborates with the National Art Gallery Zachęta, the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, the Polish National Museum and Satelita in Berlin. He is also doing a regular radio broadcasts (Polish Radio Channell 2) and is the editor-in-chief of the music series at Słowo / Obraz Terytoria. He was a curator of the award winning contribution in the Polish Pavilion at the 13th Architectural Biennial in Venice.

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